Video Search By Yahoo: Duplicate Content Issues
While I was at the SES Conference (which I really need to make sub categories for, I’ll get to it one day) Jeremy Zawodny blogged about the new Yahoo Video Beta Search. In a later blog entry at the YSearchBlog, says that they made a number of improvements to the Video index as well as telling us that we can expect RSS support. Yahoo is really embracing RSS, good stuff.
I did not have much time to find forum threads on it at the time, so I let it sit. WebmasterWorld recently Featured a Thread on the topic. I did have some time while at the conference to mess around with the results. I did a search on basketball, I am a white short guy, but I love playing basketball. What I found was three of the same result (video) (same movie) on four of the first pages for that search.
See the second result on the first page “basketball.mpg” at www.texastechie.com/HTML/fun/BasketBallGotGame.htm (I did not watch it, but it has the same caption). Then click to the second page and the first result named “basketball_1.mpg” at www.badchristian.com/funny.htm. And also on the fourth page the 4th result named “basketball.mpg” at www.thelissners.com/WebPages/Comedy.html was the same movie.
Now to build a technology that watches the movie to make sure that even if the location and file name are different, if the movie is the same, do not show it twice – then that will be cool. Or they can hire me to review all movies indexed, just need a big couch.
Columnist Barry Schwartz is the Editor of Editor of Search Engine Roundtable and President of RustyBrick, Inc., a Web services firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales.